PIGEON PEA OFFERS MALAWI FOREX BOOST

Pigeon peaPigeon Peas can be a breakthrough for Malawi to boost its foreign exchange earnings if the country explores global market opportunities, it has been noted.

Out of the total production of Pigeon Peas in Africa, Malawi produces the largest quantity with over 200,000 metric tons per year followed by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

MZIMBA NOT READY WITH DISASTER CONTINGENCY PLAN

FloodsDespite being hit at least five times by natural disasters recently, as well as being rated second on the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committe (MVAC) index, Mzimba District is yet to develop a disaster contingency plan (DCP).

This development puts vast populations susceptible to post- disaster consequences.

NO EASY WALK FOR RICE FARMERS IN ABSENCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE

Rice Jayson Phiri, treasurer for Msenjere Rice Growers Association in Nkhotakota, talks with enthusiasm and vigour, quoting feats of the association since the clubs formation in 2011/12 farming season.

From 150 members (90 males and 60 females) then, the association membership has grown steadily to 510 who each cultivate a 0.2 hectare.

MALAWI REQUIRES DIFFERENTIATED APPROACH TO FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY

Bosscher A differentiated approach of development programmes that put the well-being of the population at the centre of decisions can reverse the cyclic occurrence of hunger and malnutrition, development partners have observed.

Chairperson of the Donor Committee on Agriculture and Food Security (DCAFS) Nikolas Bosscher stated that the donor community believes that it is possible to achieve both food and nutrition security as well as agricultural and economic growth but this requires a differentiated approach.